The Rising Awareness Journey

Inclusion. Healing. Belonging.

Chief Aim. Vision. Basic Belief. 

'Kintsugi (golden joinery) is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. The results often being deemed more beautiful than the original 'unbroken' item."

Our Chief Aim

The Rising Awareness Journey is an international multiethnic collective movement dedicated to educating, teaching, and equipping Business Leaders, Human Resources Professionals, Diversity & Inclusion Champions, and Professional Trusted Advisors (Coaches, Facilitators, Consultants), with the skillset, tools, and resources to effectively navigate the “messy and uncomfortable conversations about racism and related social constructs.”

Our Vision

To actively mend and knit together, like a fractured or broken bone, The Human Race from racism and related social constructs one person and conversation at a time.

Our Basic Belief

If Inclusion, Healing, and Belonging are deliberately and intentionally practiced by everyone within one’s business, organization, or institution, then one will have Diversity, Equity, and all the other letters following the acronym DEI.

The Four “A’s”


The continual “rising” consciousness, awareness and acknowledgment that systemic racism has been and continues to be a part of our worldwide story.


The continued public supportive association with another person or group, specifically with members of a marginalized or mistreated group.


The continued use of one’s privilege to challenge existing conditions at the risk of their own comfort and well-being.


The “moral obligation and mandate” to speak up, say something, or do something when you see something that’s not right, fair, or just.

“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation and mandate to speak up. You have to say something. You have to do something” 

The Late Honorable U.S. Congressman John Lewis

The Rising 



Core Competencies

Connection Circles 

The RAJ Connection Circle will provide its Members a deeper dive into The Rising Awareness Journey podcast episodes, topics and, more importantly, experience each other as a 

RAJ Connection Circle Members will: 

If Inclusion, Healing, and Belonging is deliberately and intentionally practiced by everyone within your business, organization, and institution, then you will have Diversity, Equity, and all the other letters following the acronym DEI.” 

– Perry Rhue

Understanding the Connection Circle

The Rising Awareness Journey Connection Circles process draws directly from the traditions of the Talking Circle, common among indigenous people of North America. It is an ancient, indigenous tradition that creates space “to solve problems, to support and connect at a deeper level with one another.” Such processes still exist today among indigenous people globally.


RAJ Connection Circles create space for restorative vs. punitive justice work, i.e, tearing down walls and barriers, deep active and empathetic listening, sharing experiences and stories, building trust, love (agápé), healing and peacebuilding via activism. 

Can We Talk???...About Inclusion, Healing, and Belonging?


Hosts & Lead-Learners

Perry Rhue & Ken Sawyer




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